The Isle of Iona

The Isle of Iona is tiny in size but huge in terms of special charm, wildlife, beauty, global influence and fascinating history.

Known as the “cradle of Christianity”, Iona has an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity enhanced by shell-sand beaches fringed by intense blue-green seas. Accessed by a short ferry journey from the Ross of Mull, the main attraction is a visit to the Abbey. But Iona has many other exceptional qualities including an unspoiled natural environment where rare wildlife thrives.

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Iona Heritage Centre

Just the place to discover more about the history and culture of Iona, or to explore the geology, flora and fauna of this Island.
Isle of Iona | Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions

Argyll Hotel Restaurant

Open to non residents all day from 10am for morning coffee and homebaking. Hand crafted simple lunches and a delicious a la carte dinner menu.
Isle of Iona | Restaurants

St Columba Hotel

Offering stunning views over the Sound of Iona, we offer comfortable en-suite rooms and relaxing lounges. Our restaurant serves local meats and organic garden produce.
Isle of Iona | Hotels

North End Beach Walk

Walking to the North End of Iona is worth the visit, experience the expansive views, white sands and aquamarine waters that inspired the Scottish Colourists.
Isle of Iona | Walks

White Strand of the Monks & North End Beaches

Iona’s northern beaches inspired the Scottish Colourists with their pure white sands, aquamarine seas and stunning vistas of Mull, the Treshnish Isles and beyond.
Isle of Iona | Beaches

St Ronan’s & Martyrs’ Bay

The most accessible beaches on Iona for those with children or a short time to visit. Close to amenities but with great views.
Isle of Iona | Beaches

The Nunnery

The perfect place to while away an hour or so within the walls of the often sunny, sheltered and peaceful cloister.
Isle of Iona | Historic

The Marble Quarry

Worked from medieval times until the early 20th Century. White marble streaked with yellow-green serpentine altar can be seen in Iona Abbey.
Isle of Iona | Sights & Landmarks

Reilig Odhrain

Sited on the Medieval street of the Dead, Reilig Odhrain is the burial place of early Scottish kings.
Isle of Iona | Historic

Iona Abbey

Founded by St Columba, Iona Abbey is noted for its peaceful location, beautiful granite buildings , unique cloister carvings and Celtic crosses.
Isle of Iona | Historic

Hermit’s Cell

A secluded ring of stones in a sheltered glen rumoured to be where St Columba came to pray away from the monastic community.
Isle of Iona | Historic

Dun I and the Well of Eternal Youth

Dun I provides a panoramic view with St Columba’s Bay and Jura to the South and the Treshnish Isles, Rhum and Skye to the North.
Isle of Iona | Historic

Port Ban

Sheltered swimming beach on Iona, framed by granite cliffs and loved by families for picnicking and summer fun and sand made from crushed shells.
Isle of Iona | Beaches

St Columba’s Bay Walk

Best walked as a whole day adventure, there is much to see on the way to St Columba’s bay and plenty to explore once there.
Isle of Iona | Walks

St Columba’s Bay

The most southern bay on Iona famed for the arrival of St Columba bring Christianity to Scotland and finding St Columbas Tears of polished serpentine.
Isle of Iona | Beaches

Dun I Walk

Walk from the pier to the top of Iona’s highest hill Dun I and back, allowing time to take in the view from the summit.
Isle of Iona | Walks

Argyll Hotel

A peaceful stay is guaranteed at the beautiful and historic Argyll Hotel where we pride ourselves on our warm Hebridean welcome!
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Isle of Iona | Hotels

Explore the areas surrounding the Isle of Iona like a local.

Created hand in hand with our local community, our guides offer great inspiration for discovering the best of what Mull & Iona has to offer.